Today, Franky Fade unveils Vertige, the inaugural single from his upcoming debut album, due out later this year via Bonsound. The Gaspé-born rapper and singer-songwriter, who recently joined the Montreal-based record label, proposes melodic hip-hop driven by poignant lyrics and immersive arrangements.
Produced by DoomX (Planet Giza), Sambé, Arnaud Castonguay and Franky himself, the rapper exposes his fear of falling in love with lucidity on this haunting, modern hip-hop track. Vertige is my most personal and emotional song to date, explains the artist. It's a representation of my fear of loving, and of being loved in return. Perched high in my pride and loneliness, I find it hard to dive in and let myself fall in love.
Through synthesizer melodies and energetic percussions, the warm voice of the artist conveys the story of an inner conflict which will resonate with many. The catchy melody lingers in the mind, turning an otherwise very personal feeling into something universal. An animated video, directed by Yves Paradis, accompanies the song and illustrates this feeling as we watch Franky Fade's animated alter ego fall through several tableaux.
Watch and share the animated video for Vertige via YouTube.
The single is available now on all music services.
Just days after announcing his signing to Bonsound, Franky Fade premiered his new single Vertige in an exclusive solo performance for PELOUSE, a series developed by Festival Santa Teresa. The video is available on YouTube and Instagram.
Known as the frontman for the Montreal band Original Gros Bonnet, Franky Fade won the 23rd edition of the 2019 Francouvertes with the group, which emerged while he was studying music at Cégep Saint-Laurent. During his early years he was fascinated by the piano, but when writing became his main outlet for self-expression he traded his keyboard for a microphone. Around the same time, he discovered hip-hop culture and fell in love with the authentic, liberating spirit of the genre, thanks in part to Kendrick Lamar's ambitious To Pimp a Butterfly. He then dove head first into the music of A Tribe Called Quest, J Dilla and MF DOOM.
O.G.B’s vibrant hip-hop took him to the stages of major festivals across Quebec (Francos de Montréal, Osheaga, Santa Teresa). Following the release of the band’s second LP in the summer of 2020, the rapper began to work on his first solo album. This project, due out in 2021, is his most personal to date, as he wrote the majority of the music and signs all of the lyrics. Through a variety of uninhibited, danceable hip-hop, Franky Fade explores the paradoxes that exist within his life.